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Coronavirus: Today host Allison Langdon says ‘lock up’ people breaking ban rules

The Advertiser 2020-03-26 03:23:00

Today host Allison Langdon has delivered a stinging rebuke to Australians recklessly disobeying strict new laws aimed at stopping the spread of coronavirus, suggesting that they should all simply be “locked up”.

Strict social distancing measures were upgraded again on Tuesday, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison announcing a raft of new restrictions on everyday life in a bid to slow down the infection rate of coronavirus.

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Speaking to New South Wales police commissioner Mick Fuller on the show this morning, Langdon and co-host Karl Stefanovic asked about the penalties for those who breached the new rules.

“There are restrictions in terms of outdoors and numbers and that’s $500, indoors it is $100,” he said.

“But say an individual decided he was going to have a house party in his or her unit, if there was more people than the allocated in terms of one person per four square metres then individuals could get a $1000 fine and the owner of the house could get a $5000 fine.”

The commissioner also opened up about the dangers facing police on the frontline who are enforcing the restrictions.

“We have had an officer coughed on while he was conducting a random breath test and we charge that individual with assault,” he told the hosts.

“We have had others we have charged with intimidation. For mine if the police get treated that way or the community we should throw the book at them.”

The sickening incident prompted a frustrated Langdon to ask simply: “Don’t you wish you could lock these idiots up?”

Commissioner Fuller replied: “Absolutely, but at the end of the day, I guess from a commissioner’s perspective, all our police are out there, turning up, still fit, healthy, they are committed to helping the community.”

He also said that extra measures had been put in place to protect officers.

“We do have masks and goggles and gloves and hand wash, and they have been deployed to all the commands and we have got more coming now,” he said.

“Those officers that will be attending homes of those more high risk individuals who may be breaching the Health Minister’s powers will certainly be officers trained from our public order riot squad, and they are to have even a higher level of protection.

“Masks are available to officers to use. We know that masks are only one step in relation to that, but we do give plenty of messaging to our police on how to stay healthy.”

Meanwhile, draconian stage two lockdown measures are now in force across the country with NSW, the ACT and Victoria likely to bring in even stronger rules within days.

More than 2400 cases of COVID-19 have now been confirmed across Australia with 1029 in NSW, 466 in Victoria, 443 in Queensland, 205 in Western Australia, 197 in South Australia, 44 in the ACT, 42 in Tasmania and six in the Northern Territory.

Nine people have died – one in WA, seven in NSW and one in Queensland.

Originally published as ‘Lock these idiots up’: Host’s frustration